Chairman’s Report: Mr. Mertz commented on his departure from the
Commission and his years of service in higher education. He called for
a new review of the state’s governance structure for higher education.
Executive Director’s Report: Ms. Oates commented on preparations
for the impending fiscal 2007 budget hearings, the Commission’s
efforts for the continued operation of the Governor’s Schools in
summer 2006, and the work of the Governor’s Task Force on Government
Long-Range Plan Update: Dr. Oswald outlined a proposal to collaborate with
the New Jersey Higher Education Service Learning Consortium to enhance
public service at colleges and universities. The Commission endorsed
the suggestions and called for a letter of support for a grant application
by the consortium.
2005 State Higher Education Finance Report: Dr. Oswald presented historical
trend data and interstate comparisons from the 2005 State Higher Education
Finance report. There is a desire to look further into the numbers and
methodology within the report and also to seek broad agreement on clearly
defined data and focused analyses that will assist in budget and policy
Fiscal 2007 Budget Deliberations and Appropriations Process: Executive
Director Oates commented further on efforts related to the budget hearings
and the ultimate adoption of the fiscal 2007 budget.
Annual EOF Event: Glenn Lang, the EOF executive director, outlined the
2006 student day and professional conference, which included a new alumni
event that generated scholarship support.
Somerset Christian College Petition: The Commission relicensed Somerset
Christian College and authorized the college to exceed its mission and
offer a bachelor’s degree.
Richard Stockton College Petition: The Commission authorized Richard Stockton
College to exceed its mission and offer the Doctor of Physical Therapy
College Bound Program: The Commission approved fiscal 2007 awards to 10
institutions, pending fiscal 2007 state appropriations.
Community College Personnel Regulations: The Commission approved for public
comment a proposal to readopt the Community College Personnel regulations.
Nominating Committee: Commissioner Samuels will chair a nominating
committee, working with Commissioners Nelligan and Smith to recommend candidates
for the Commission’s biennial election of officers and the Executive
Committee in June.
EOF Update: Commissioner Collins praised the annual EOF event.
HESAA Update: Commissioner Smith reported on three new or modified student
Presidents’ Council Report: Dr. Pruitt commented on the budget process
and efforts underway by institutions and the Presidents’ Council.
New Business: Staff member Tom Hagaman reported on a new notification process
to inform institutions about federal grant opportunities.
Resolution Honoring Mr. Mertz: The Commission adopted a resolution commending
Mr. Mertz for his outstanding service as a member and as chairman.
Comments from the Public: Mr. Tobyn DeMarco, vice president, Association
of New Jersey County College Faculties – appreciation of presentation
by Deputy Executive Director at NJEA conference and endorsement of the